Midwest rural art parks: a smooth blend with nature

When fall colors hit their peak, we hit the road in search of the most brilliant blaze of hues. That part is expected. What adds surprise to the awe of autumnal landscapes? Plan it right, and rural sculpture parks pop up amidst the flaming oaks, maples, birches and sumacs. These unusual destinations, with typically free(…)

Springfield: politics through Abe’s eyes

The face of Lincoln shows up everywhere in Illinois – brass busts on office desks to bigger-than-life memorials in city parks – but there’s just one place to grasp the many layers of the 16th president’s life before and during a complex time of American history. Springfield – Lincoln’s home from 1837-61, and his final(…)